Entries Tagged 'Inspiration' ↓
March 25th, 2015 — Accessories, Colors, Concepts, Furniture, Inspiration, Tips
Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of spending a weekend by the beach at the Pajaro Dunes Resort in Watsonville. Amongst the beauty of the white sand and sprawling grassy dunes were various expressions of modern coastal architecture. Many of them looked like they were plucked from the pages of Architectural Digest issues from the 1960s and 1970s, and I wondered about what a lot of them might look like on the inside. So I decided to take a stab at how I would outfit my very own modern coastal beach house, using bright colors and modern lines to create a funky and unexpected vibe.
Dune White is a creamy white that is the perfect backdrop for bringing color into any space. This bedroom spotted on Elle Decor España shows how neutral walls can balance out an explosion of color in a room.
March 11th, 2015 — Accessories, Colors, Concepts, Details, Events, Food, Inspiration, Tips
It’s been almost a year since I was in Paris, and lately I’ve been reminiscing my time there – going to the local market to buy fresh flowers or local produce, picking up freshly made baguettes and pain au chocolate at the nearby bakery, and sharing good wine and cheese with friends while bathing under the setting sun. As there are more sunny days to come, and the days are getting longer, here are some tips to help dress your table for an indoor or outdoor setting, with a French inspired flare that is both chic and effortless.
French Toile (#CSP-595) has neutral grey tones, that is a great color to use in a Kitchen space with fresh white cabinets, brushed nickel hardware and a marble countertop. This beautiful Kitchen done by Cameo Homes Inc nicely portrays this classic color, making it the perfect setting to entertain and host guests all year around.
March 4th, 2015 — Colors, Food, Inspiration, Tips
As we transition from winter to spring, I’m starting to see the beginning of early spring produce pop up in the markets. During a recent trip to the market, on a sunny California day (sorry East Coast friends), I spotted some asparagus from Dirty Girl Produce that was calling out to be grilled. Asparagus is so easy to prepare, but is often over cooked. Timing is what it is all about in this great recipe. If you are grilling just about any meat, you want to let it rest for about 5 minutes after you pull it off the grill. That is when you want to start cooking your asparagus. The asparagus will be coming right off the grill as the meat is ready to slice and serve.
Asparagus (410D-4) by Behr is a soft but vibrant green that captures the essence of springtime. Add new life to a piece of furniture by adding a coat of green, as seen in this photo from Pinterest.
February 18th, 2015 — Accessories, Colors, Concepts, Furniture, Inspiration
A few weeks ago, I got to visit the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park to see Keith Haring’s The Political Line exhibit while it was still on display. It was amazing to see such a large number of his work all in one building! Haring’s work is easily recognized by his stylized characters in bold colors and lines to convey a bold message. He first became publicly noted for his character chalk drawings that he created in New York subways before moving onto bright paintings and sculptures. Using bold white lines against a dark background, his artwork became reflected as bright colors against a white background once he began his paintings.
The bright colors against a white background lets the color translate easily in any setting while the bold, black lines adds a fun and cartoony accent. Here are a few products to add a hint of bold color in your home.
Chalk White provides a great accent color to connect Haring’s fun heart artwork with elegant furniture pieces and decor. Designer David Flint Wood ties in hints of white in this elegant living room to the Keith Haring art piece hanging above the fireplace for a cohesive design that brings in a fun, bold element.
February 11th, 2015 — Accessories, Colors, Concepts, Details, Furniture, Inspiration, Lighting
One of my favorite things to do on a rainy morning is curl up with a cup of coffee and a good book. Ok, more likely a decent Netflix marathon might be happening instead. No matter how you spend the day, I think it can be agreed upon that we are in need of some more rainy days here in California. Although I love the reading nook in my own apartment, I thought about what my dream space would look like for a cozy day. For those days, I need a comfy sofa, a place to put my feet up, and some great lighting! I think it looks a little something like…
Not only does Raindance (#1572) look great on a wall with a more classic application (as above), it also makes a statement in accent applications. In this kitchen, spotted by Blackbird Style, a similar shade used on the cabinetry gives this space modern flair.
January 28th, 2015 — Accessories, Colors, Concepts, Fashion, Furniture, Inspiration, Mood Board, Shopping
Spring is soon upon us, but until then, the air remains crisp with occasional glimpses of sunny days that bathe our cheeks enough to make us longing for more warm, balmy days to come. To help stay cozy during the remaining cool days, here are my favorite ways to incorporate layers of grey into your wardrobe and at home with a bit of an Oxford edge for sophistication. As the days start to get warmer, complement these shades of gray with warm beiges and soft pinks to help transition your home and wardrobe into spring.
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Oxford Grey (#2128-40) provides a cool, fresh and neutral palette that embodies balance and harmony in a space. Incorporate natural wood materials to help bring the outside in, or layer with blue hues for a cooling effect and tan hues to automatically warm up the space. Free House Interiors does an amazing job balancing textures with warm and cool tones in this bedroom below.
January 14th, 2015 — Accessories, Colors, Concepts, Details, Inspiration
The holidays are over and spring is already on the way. Do you feel it in the air? I’ve been noticing lots of crisp patterns and vibrant colors in both soft and hard materials this season, which feel youthful and energizing for spring. Here’s a round-up of my favorites, to inspire a fresh and colorful outlook for 2015!
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Breath of Fresh Air (#806) is a light, crisp blue which looks gorgeous when paired with deeper and more vibrant hues. In this contemporary kitchen, the color lives up to its name and lends a bright and invigorating backdrop to steely blue, sage green, and warm wood.
December 10th, 2014 — Accessories, Colors, Concepts, Holidays, Inspiration, Tips
If your Christmas is anything like mine, then you’ve spent the past week unpacking boxes, upon boxes, of holiday decor and transforming your home into a winter wonderland. With the stockings hung and and the presents wrapped, the only thing missing now is a tree. Though this season tends to revolve around the Christmas tree, I have to admit, it’s certainly not my favorite part. I seem to be lacking the green thumb that runs in my family, and am better known for killing any and all living plants. With my history, I can only presume that I would manage to kill the festive pine tree, and just in time for the big day, too! For that reason, I’ve decided to take the unconventional route this year; my tree presents itself in the form of a chalkboard and I love it! There’s no messy pine needles to clean up and it takes up next to no space! Love this idea, but still need a way to display your ornaments? No worries! There are so many new and innovative ways to reinvent the Christmas tree, you’re sure to find one that fits your style!
Here are a few of my top picks; I especially love the use of the ladder!
Pine Sprigs (#423), featured in the trim of this statement Entryway, has been presented as one of Benjamin Moore’s upcoming 2015 color trends.
December 3rd, 2014 — Accessories, Colors, Details, Fashion, Holidays, Inspiration, Shopping
The holidays are upon us, and it’s time to incorporate some rich sultry hues in our lives – from a cute evening dress for those romantic holiday events, to layering fashion and home accessories in jewel tone colors, which escape you to exotic places like Turkey or Morocco, to finally opening that bottle of fizzy champagne and pairing it with a divine berry dessert to toast the night away simply because you deserve it!
Here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate this feminine bold color in your lives:
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For home décor, layer this color with shades of grey, or blues with a grey undertone to instantly create a more dramatic, grounded yet masculine feel. Bring in textures, like a rich brown leather sofa or plush pillows to help keep things soft and cozy. This hue can be incorporated to an accent wall for a bold statement, or stay seasonal by bringing in pops of this color in accessories, like throws, pillows, chairs or an accent rug.
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In fashion, spice up your holiday look with these rich berry undertones found in a bold statement dress, or a cozy feminine coat. Use it in more subtle ways with lighter accents, like a wide-rimmed winter hat, delicate classic earrings or a statement ring. December is all about glam, so ’tis the season to jazz it up and have fun incorporating metallic gold, glitter or sequins with this rich color as well.
Benjamin Moore’s Berry Fizz (#CSP-440) is the perfect seasonal color that instantly enriches and livens up your space. Hard Topix shows a beautiful interpretation of a fresh clean space that creates the perfect canvas when adding splashes of this vibrant berry hue.
November 19th, 2014 — Accessories, Colors, Food, Holidays, Inspiration, Shopping
Autumn is upon us so it’s time to cozy up next to the fire and have a piece of pumpkin pie. This holiday season the urge has been stronger than ever and I have indulged in everything-pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice might not be for everyone but you can definitely find its influence in candles, paint color, accessories and many treats. Here are some of my favorite sights and delights that have inspired me this upcoming holiday season.
layer cake / bow headband / candle / dessert bars
cupcakes / latte syrup / hot chocolate
Benjamin Moore’s Pumpkin Spice (#126) is just the right color to add to your home this harvest season. Renowned architect Gill Schafer used this beautiful pumpkin color tone to bring warmth into the space while accenting all of the beautiful architectural details.